Winners of Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016 announced

November 15, 2016

The winners of Scotland’s annual awards for innovation and success in social enterprise were announced at The Scottish Parliament on Thursday 10th November. 

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The winner of Social Enterprise of the Year is Homes for Good CIC, Social Enterprise Champion was awarded to Claire Carpenter of The Melting Pot and the One to Watch winner was Freedom Bakery CIC.

Social Enterprise Scotland issued a call for applications at the end of May, urging Scotland’s innovative social enterprises to demonstrate how they’re improving our economy and society.

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

Social enterprise is about creating a fairer, more sustainable economy and a society that benefits everyone. The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016 provide a unique opportunity for social enterprises to gain the public's recognition they so rightly deserve. We’re always impressed by the very high standard and variety of applications. Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered or was shortlisted.

Susan Aktemel, Director of Homes for Good CIC, said:

We're totally thrilled to win the accolade of Social Enterprise of the Year 2016. It's a great recognition of our work in the private rented sector and how far we've come in three years. Thank you.

The awards event also included the announcement of the winners of the Social Innovation Competition, part of the Year of Innovation Architecture & Design, seeking to uncover the best business ideas that address social and environmental issues. Read about the three winners of the Social Innovation Competition.

For more pictures of the event, click here.

The full list of winners of the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016:

  • Social Enterprise of the Year – Homes for Good CIC
    Scotland's first social enterprise letting agency offering landlords a first class property management service and providing tenants with quality housing options through an approachable and ethical service. 

  • One to Watch – Freedom Bakery CIC
    The Freedom Bakery is a social enterprise based at HMP Low Moss, near Glasgow, training people in prison in artisan baking with the intention of finding an industry-related career post-release. 

  • Social Impact Award – Social Enterprise Academy
    The Social Enterprise Academy provides local learning opportunities in leadership, enterprise and personal development to help the people and organisations making a difference to have even more impact in their communities. 

  • ‘Buy Social’ Market Builder Award – Social Investment Scotland
    SIS is Scotland's biggest provider of financial capital to third sector organisations including charities, social enterprises and community groups. Their mission is to 'connect capital with communities'.

  • Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award – Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
    ESAF is a social enterprise that aims to increase public access to the arts and support emerging artists by running an annual festival, a year-round programme of pop-up events, mentorship schemes and advocacy for its members.
  • Social Enterprise Champion – Claire Carpenter of The Melting Pot